Nokia announced its Lumia 1520 last month at Nokia World 2013 in Abu Dhabi. The six-inch smartphone appeared to be aimed at the same large-phone-loving audience that Samsung has grabbed with the Galaxy Note, although the 1520 lacked the Note's signature stylus.
Now that we've held one in our hands, our impression is indeed that the Lumia 1520 is a large, hefty device. It's bigger in every dimension than the Galaxy Note 3, and it's heavier, too—in fact, I had a Galaxy Note II owner play with our review 1520 for a few minutes, and his parting comment was along the lines of "Man, this is just a big-ass phone." Nokia's specs page lists the 1520's dimensions at 162.8 mm by 85.4 mm by 8.7 mm; in practical terms, it's almost too big to fit into my jeans pocket.
One pocket that it does fit into, though, is the breast pocket of a nomex flight suit. Our receipt of the Lumia 1520 coincided with me taking a ride in a Vietnam-era Folland Gnat swept-wing jet fighter, and I figured it would be a perfect opportunity to grab some video with the Lumia 1520's 20 megapixel PureView camera. The day was partially overcast but still quite bright, and as you can see by the above video, the Lumia 1520 functioned quite amiably at 13,000 feet in the backseat of the little jet. The screen was actually quite easy to see, even through sunglasses and in full daylight; however, I left the device in full auto mode throughout the flight so that I wouldn't have to be fiddling with the exposure. As a consequence of this, the 1520's camera did a pretty aggressive job of adjusting its own exposure settings.